Nightjohn And Number The Stars Essay

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Nightjohn And Number The Stars

In Nightjohn there were a number of facts, details and incidents that contribute to the
historical accuracy of the book. I have outlined some of the more specific examples as
follows:There was a man who risked his life for the sake of teaching the other children in
the surrounding plantations how to read and write. The owner of the plantation whipped his
slaves for moving too slow and did go out with dogs and two field hands after any of the
slaves if they decide to run. He brings two field hands with him so they can see what
happens and retell the story back at the quarters. He does this basically so everyone will
be horrified and won't decide to escape.Reading and writing was strictly forbidden because
the owner wanted to keep them ignorant so they wouldn't rebel against him.Once a female
got her "troubles" [menstrual cycle] they would be sent off to the breeding sheds to
reproduce.The "mammy" took care of all the young ones until they were old enough to go out
and work in the fields.The slaves were forced to eat from a trough like animals. The mammy
would pray with her head inside a kettle so that the owners would not hear her pray.
Praying, too, was strictly forbidden. Number the Stars contains even more facts, details
and incidents that contribute to the historical accuracy of the book. They are outlined
below:King Christian X was a King during the time of war in Denmark. He also surrendered
to the Germans in 1940 because of the fact that "the country was small and undefended,
with no army of any size." (Lowry 134). "It is true that he (King Christian) rode alone on
his horse from the palace every morning, unguarded, and greeted his people." (Lowry 134).
The German soldiers occupied Denmark for five years. The Germans controlled the rail
system, hospitals, schools, government, and even the newspapers.The story about the
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